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Everything you need to know about the Huawei MediaPad M5

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Huawei won’t bring the rumored Huawei P20 smartphone to MWC 2018, so what will the company reveal at the show? One possible new device is the MediaPad M5, a range of high-spec Android tablets that may supersede the MediaPad M3 released in 2016. We were big fans of the MediaPad M3, and although tablets really aren’t as popular as they once were, we have high hopes this will be a good one.

Here’s everything we think we know about the Huawei MediaPad M5.

Screen sizes

The MediaPad M5 may come in different sizes, much like Huawei has done with tables in the past. A leak mentions three different M5 models: An 8-inch model codename Schubert, a 10-inch model codename Cameron, and a 10-inch Pro model codename Cameron Pro.

Name, price, and release details

If the last major Huawei tablet release was the MediaPad M3, why isn’t the next going to be the MediaPad M4? It’s possible Huawei will skip the MediaPad M4 — the number four is often associated with bad luck in China — and go straight to the MediaPad M5. A Bluetooth filing certainly backs this up, linking the model numbers SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09 with the MediaPad M5, after the tablets passed through its qualification labs in December.

The MediaPad M3 was 350 euros upon release (about £437), but a price leak warns the price may go up for the MediaPad M5 range. An 8-inch model is listed at 330 euros/£410 or 380 euros/£473 with 4G LTE, a 10-inch version at 380 euros/£473 or 420 euros/£523 with 4G LTE, and finally a 10-inch Pro model with a stylus for 520 euros/£650. Huawei will hold a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2018, where it won’t show the P20 smartphone, making the MediaPad range a possible replacement.

Specification

To replace the MediaPad M3, at least one of the rumored MediaPad M5 tablets will need to have a strong specification.

The MediaPad M5 Pro is likely to be the top-of-the-range version, and is rumored to come with a stylus, 64GB of storage space, 4GB of RAM, and 4G LTE as standard. No processor is mentioned, but Bluetooth certification from 2017 indicated one of the tablets would use a Kirin 960 chip. When the tablet passed through the Bluetooth qualification process — where it was actually labeled as a smartphone — the screen size was listed as 8.4-inches, the same as the MediaPad M3, with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.

This suggests it’s the 8-inch M5 code-named Schubert. Subsequently, data spotted on a website log a tablet with the model number SHT-AL09 — also attached to the Schubert version in a more recent leak — showed the presence of Android 8.0 Oreo. If Android 8.0 is installed, there is a good chance Huawei’s own EMUI 8.0 or EMUI 5.1 user interface will be in place over the top.

We’ve seen and enjoyed using the updated EMUI 8.0 on the Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphone.

We’ll keep you updated regarding the MediaPad M5 right here, as more news arrives.

Updated on February 15: Added price leaks, screen sizes, and updated possible announcement dates.

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7 Exotic technologies that were once science fiction, but now exist in reality

It’s no big surprise that engineers and scientists working in cutting edge tech are often fans of science fiction. Nor is it a surprise that, when many of them get to a place in their career where they can choose which projects to work on, a whole lot of folks seek to bring to life the kind of amazing sci-fi technology they grew up reading about and watching in movies. Here are seven examples of tech that was once the domain of science fiction, now turned science fact.

Universal translator

The Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy, Star Trek

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: As a plot device that removes the problem of having to explain why aliens all speak English, Universal Translators have been a staple of science fiction for years.

An early appearance is in Murray Leinster’s 1945 novella First Contact, but notable examples can also be found in Star Trek, Doctor Who, and The Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy. In the latter, a so-called “babel fish” is inserted into a person’s auditory canal to feed off the mental frequencies of people speaking to its host. It then excretes a translation directly into the brain.

Tasty!

Babel Fish, Waverly Pilot

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In reality: The name Babel Fish was actually adopted by Yahoo! For its web-based multilingual translation app launched in 1997. Things have come a long way since then, however.

While there are numerous translation services out there, the most sci-fi sounding one is the Waverly Pilot, a set of wireless earbuds that connect to your phone and promise to translate several languages in real time. Microsoft has also carried out a pretty astonishing demo using deep learning tech, which even incorporates the voice of the speaker when it carries out its translations.

A.I. assistants

2001: A Space Odyssey‘s HAL 9000, Alien‘s “Mother”

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: While lots of science fiction included computers whose principle functions could be operated via voice, the idea of a voice-activated artificial intelligence is slightly less widespread. It was used to memorable effect with 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s HAL 9000, the sentient A.I. which controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with (not entirely in the best interests of) the ship’s astronaut crew.

Another prominent example is “Mother,” the ship’s computer in Alien. Both made an indelible mark on sci-fi fans, although HAL is by far the more iconic.

Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant

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In reality: Minus HAL’s more murderous side, A.I. assistants are everywhere today. The technology was introduced to a mainstream audience for the first time with the iPhone 4s in 2011 (although there had been research projects before then), and it’s only grown from there.

Here in 2018, the smart speaker product category is hotly contested by Google, Amazon and Apple, and can be used to do everything from searching for information to controlling the various features in your smart home. Many, like Siri, even include “in joke” nods and references to their great uncle HAL.

Rayguns

Star Trek, James Bond movies

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: Who needs bullets when you can fire far more futuristic beams of destructive energy? The form factor and scale of these weapons has varied depending on the story. Rayguns first fleetingly appear as a reference in Victor Rousseau’s 1917 The Messiah of the Cylinder. Star Trek, meanwhile, introduced an entire generation to the “phaser,” while Star Wars‘ Stormtroopers carried (somewhat useless) “blasters.” Heck, even James Bond used one in Moonraker, the most sci-fi of the 007 movies.

200W DIY laser canon, Lockheed Martin’s ATHENA

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In reality: Okay, so most of us still think guns over lasers when we hear about the right to keep and bear arms.

But as Bob Dylan once sang, the times they are a-changin’. Examples of real life laser guns range from DIY efforts like a terrifying 200W laser cannon, 400x more powerful than the most dangerous laboratory lasers, to Lockheed Martin’s modular ATHENA laser cannon. In the future, the defense giant claims its laser cannons will help protect soldiers from threats such as “swarms of drones.”

Tablet computers

2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek‘s PADD

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: A decidedly iPad-style device appears in Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

An even more sci-fi appearance for tablet computers, however, comes in Star Trek. Yes, there were examples of “electronic clipboards” in the original Star Trek, but they were far more prevalent in the follow-up, Star Trek: The Next Generation and in subsequent series. They were even called PADD, an acronym for Personal Access Display Device.

Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, etc

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In reality: We very nearly didn’t include tablets on this list.

The reason? Because once a gadget is so mainstream that your grandparents own and use one, it loses a bit of its cutting edge, science fiction cool. But isn’t that exactly the point of this list?

No-one in Star Trek wasted time gushing about how cool it was to have a pencil-thin computer touch screen to look things up on; they just used it like the intuitive form of computing it is. That’s exactly what’s happened in real life. While tablets haven’t totally replaced PCs, over the last decade they have proven themselves to have a crucial role to play in our lives.

You can check out our list of the best tablets available to buy here.

Holograms

Star Wars: A New Hope

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: For any kid who grew up in a slightly boring place, dreaming of the day we’d get dragged into some grand adventure, there are few sci-fi movies scenes more iconic than the one from Star Wars, in which Luke Skywalker gets a call to action from a holographic Princess Leia.

Brigham Young University

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In reality: Holographic projection still isn’t mainstream by any means, but there’s some fascinating work being done in this space. At Brigham Young University, researchers have demonstrated technology involving clear, realistic 3D holograms being projected into thin air. “Our technology uses a tractor beam to capture a tiny particle of paper,” Daniel Smalley, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, told Digital Trends. “That particle is then dragged around and illuminated by red, green and blue lasers to make points.

The primary difference is that when you look at an image point in our display you’re looking at a material object.” What did the team choose as an early demo for their tech? Projecting a miniature Princess Leia, of course.

Videophone calling

2001: A Space Odyssey, Thunderbirds

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: As with several items on this list, video calling was introduced to a mass audience in 1968 through the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

As someone living in the U.K., however, for me it’s more synonymous with the TV series Thunderbirds, in which Jeff Tracy uses video calling to communicate with his sons.

Skype, Amazon’s Echo Show, FaceTime

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In reality: Skype appeared in 2003, followed by rival services like Apple’s FaceTime a few years later. Devices like Amazon’s Echo Show are even built around the concept of video calling. Science fact has even further than science fiction through research into areas like 3D video calling.

Communicator watches

Dick Tracy

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Where it appeared in sci-fi: Okay, so Dick Tracy isn’t really science fiction, but his watch sure was.

For years, anyone writing about wrist-worn communications tech pretty much had to, by some obscure law of journalism, reference Dick Tracy. The plainclothes cop got his famous two-way wrist radio in 1946 and upgraded it to a two-way video calling (see above) device in 1964.

The Apple Watch

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In reality: The Apple Watch made this technology a real thing, and later improved it with the Apple Watch Series 3 by adding greater iPhone independence. The exact moment when sci-fi dream merged with actually-happening reality was captured on video in late 2016 when Jeb Bush received a call on his Apple Watch during a meeting. “My watch can’t be talking?” he said. “That’s the coolest thing in the world.”

It sure is, Jeb.

It sure is.

Well, with the exception of the other items on this list.

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